plural noun
Si·​lu·​ri·​dae | \ -rəˌdē \

Definition of Siluridae

: a family of catfishes formerly comprising most of the catfishes but now usually restricted to various freshwater fishes of Europe and Asia that differ from North American catfishes in having the adipose dorsal fin rudimentary or lacking and in having the anal fin long and more or less confluent with the eellike caudal fin

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History and Etymology for Siluridae

New Latin, from Silurus, type genus + -idae

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“Siluridae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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